United Way of the Midlands Awards $201,200 to The Salvation Army

Grant to fund Housing, Feeding, Counseling and Material Assistance programs In Omaha

The Salvation Army of Omaha is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a second year grant of $201,200 from United Way of the Midlands. Thanks to the generosity of many, the United Way of the Midlands was able to provide funding to our Omaha and Council Bluffs social service programs. The Salvation Army would also like to thank those who designated an additional $46,243 in support of year-round programs.

"We are most grateful for our ongoing partnership with the United Way. Through the generosity of the many donors, The Salvation Army will continue to assist the people who need us the most," said Major Greg Thompson, divisional commander of The Salvation Army Western Division.

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Jane Thorson Joins The Salvation Army Western Division as Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator and SAFE-T Director

The Salvation Army Western Division is pleased to announce that Jane Thorson of Omaha has joined the organization as the Director of SAFE-T, which stands for The Salvation Army’s Fight to End Trafficking, and Coordinator of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force (NHTTF).

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Summer Fan Program Begins June 4

The Salvation Army is busy collecting new fans for its 2018 Summer Fan Program. Summer heat can pose dangerous health consequences for the elderly, ill or disabled. This year a higher demand for fans is expected due to warmer than normal temperatures.

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Summer Cooling Centers Policy in Effect for 2018
The Salvation Army Omaha and Council Bluffs metro locations will serve as cooling centers during regular business hours when weather conditions meet specified guidelines. Cooling centers are in operation when the Heat Index is expected to reach 105 degrees, or when air temperatures reach 90 degrees or more for two consecutive days.

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National Salvation Army Week Encourages People to Learn about Poverty in America

The Salvation Army celebrates the 65th annual National Salvation Army Week, May 14 – 20. In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved a joint resolution for President Dwight D. Eisenhower to proclaim a week to recognize the humanitarian efforts of The Salvation Army, one of the nation’s largest and oldest faith-based health and human service providers. During this year’s recognition, The Salvation Army encourages people to take a moment and learn about the needs of millions of Americans living in poverty or near the poverty line.

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Reservations Open for The Salvation Army D.J.'s Hero Awards Luncheon

Ten Nebraska seniors have been selected from 191 nominations to receive a $10,000 academic scholarship award at the 20th annual D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon May 8 at 11:45 a.m. Reservations are still open for the luncheon at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

This year the featured speaker is John Elway. As a two-time Super Bowl champion, quarterback extraordinaire and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Elway’s name is synonymous with NFL football. He has spent 23 years with the Denver Broncos, the first half during his record-setting 16 years as quarterback and more recently as President of Football Operations and General Manager of the franchise. Proceeds from the event go directly to support youth development programs.

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Charles E. Lakin Campus Family Fun Fair Offers Free Food, Good Times for All Ages April 7 in Council Bluffs

Families are invited to join the Family Fun Fair at the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus in Council Bluffs Saturday, April 7, from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Attendees can expect free food, crafts, kids’ games, community resources, face painting, balloons, a story walk and a concert.

The fair helps lead off a series of Council Bluffs events that recognize National Child Abuse Prevention Month. These events begin with a “Wear Blue” day across Pottawattamie County the day before the fair and culminate with a mayoral proclamation on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge April 14.

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Just Can It! Kicks off March 26 to Stock Salvation Army Food Pantries

The Salvation Army is partnering with University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for the 15th annual Just Can It! — a food drive and homelessness awareness event to help stock local Salvation Army food pantries. Fraternity members will sleep outdoors in cardboard homes and accept donations of money and non-perishable food Monday, March 26, through Friday, March 30.

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The Salvation Army Calls for Nominations for the 2018 D.J.'s Hero Awards

The Salvation Army is seeking nominations for the 2018 D.J.’s Hero Awards, named in honor of the late D.J. Sokol. Selected Nebraska high school seniors receive a $10,000 scholarship toward their selected college or university for their commitment to helping others and the community.

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The Rink on Farnam to Host Valentine’s Family Skate Date

The Rink on Farnam at Midtown Crossing is upping the fun for a very special Valentine’s Family Skate Date – an evening of skating and memory-making complete with food, music and limousine rides.

The Valentine’s Family Skate Date will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, from 4-8 p.m. The cost is $5 per skater or $10 for the entire family, regardless of size, and includes skate rental.

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The Salvation Army Exceeds $2.8 Million Tree of Lights Campaign Goal

The Salvation Army exceeded its $2.8 million Tree of Lights Campaign goal in Omaha and Council Bluffs this year. Red kettle contributions at retail outlets increased considerably in Council Bluffs and were down slightly in Omaha. Direct cash donations increased in both communities.

“The community responded to the human needs of our most vulnerable neighbors again this year,” said Major Greg Thompson, Divisional Commander. “This generosity helps us serve the needs of 100,000 persons living in poverty in Omaha.”

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The Salvation Army Introduces New Warming Center Hours of Operation

The Salvation Army has determined that all Omaha-Council Bluffs metro locations will serve as warming centers during regular business hours when inclement weather conditions meet specified guidelines.

Warming centers will operate when a wind chill factor has been issued, the wind chill index is below zero, or cold air temperatures reach 15 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for at least two consecutive days.

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The Rink on Farnam Open Limited Hours This Weekend

Due to very cold weather, The Rink on Farnam at Midtown Crossing will reduce its hours of operation this weekend.
  • Friday, 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 1-7 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1-10 p.m.
Admission is $5 including skates. All proceeds directly support local Salvation Army programs. For more information visit

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January is Human Traffkcing Awareness Month

SAFE-T Program Provides Resources for Trafficking Survivors

The Salvation Army Fight to End Trafficking (SAFE-T) program, launched in September 2016, is funded by a grant awarded to The Salvation Army and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office by the Office of Justice Programs from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The purpose of the grant was to develop task forces that address human trafficking across the state, focusing on identifying victims of all types of human trafficking, investigating and prosecuting sex and labor trafficking cases, and addressing the needs of victims through the provision of a comprehensive array of services.

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The Rink on Farnam at Midtown Crossing Closed Thursday Due to Extreme Cold

The Rink on Farnam at Midtown Crossing will be closed to skaters on Thursday, Jan. 11, due to inclement weather predicted for the Omaha metro.

The rink will be open Friday from 4-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-10 p.m. Admission is $5 including skates. All proceeds directly support local The Salvation Army programs. For more information visit

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Local Mascots Invited to Join Bell Ringing Challenge

The Salvation Army Bell Ringing Mascot Challenge

When: Saturday, Dec. 23, from noon – 4 p.m.

Where: Red kettle locations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro

Why: The Salvation Army red kettle donations are down by approximately 8 percent compared to last year. The purpose of the mascot challenge is to draw attention to the importance of giving to the red kettles on the last day of the 2017 bell ringing season. Mascots are invited to ring bells at any Omaha or Council Bluffs red kettle location. All donations stay local to support The Salvation Army Human Needs Fund.

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Two Gold Coins Found in Red Kettle

Two gold coins were dropped in the kettle Tuesday at the Hy-Vee store at Shadow Lake Towne Center. The coins are one-tenth ounce gold American Eagles with an estimated value of $140 to $160 each.

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The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch Program in Need of Volunteers and Large Coat Donations as Cold Weather Approaches

The Salvation Army’s Winter Night Watch is a mobile feeding program that helps make cold winter nights bearable for homeless and near-homeless individuals, began its 30th season on Dec. 4.

Salvation Army canteens travel the streets of Omaha Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. offering a warm meal and winter outerwear to the homeless and near homeless across the metro. This year, the program season has been extended and additional stops have been added to meet the growing demand. With the extended season and new locations, the need for volunteers is greater than ever. To volunteer for Winter Night Watch, click here.

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Toyland Days to Provide Toys to Children in Need This Christmas

The Salvation Army will be hosting Toyland Days, an annual toy distribution event, on Tuesday, Dec. 19, and Wednesday, Dec. 20 in the Omaha metro.

Toyland is an opportunity for registered low-income families to “shop” for their children’s toys. The toys have been collected through The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree Toy Drive, an opportunity for the community to donate new toys for children in need in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro. The Angel Tree Toy Drive was held from Nov. 13 through Dec. 15.

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The Rink on Farnam at Midtown Crossing Debuts Saturday

Grand opening of The Rink on Farnam at Midtown Crossing, presented by The Salvation Army
  • 60-by-80-foot all-weather, “synthetic ice” rink
  • An avenue for activity, togetherness and outreach 
  • $5 admission (includes skate rental
  • All proceeds benefit the important work of The Salvation Army
  • Santa Claus will make a visit from 2-5 p.m.

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Red Kettle Giving in Metro Down Eight Percent This Year

Contributions to The Salvation Army's red kettles are down eight percent this year in the metro with less than two weeks remaining in the bell ringing season. Salvation Army leadership remains confident that shoppers will step up and support the needs of the community during the final nine days of ringing, even though fewer retail shoppers and higher-than-average temperatures may be possible factors causing the kettle drought.

"Red kettle gifts are a critically important revenue stream for The Salvation Army," said Divisional Commander Major Greg Thompson. "If kettle giving does not increase substantially, some programs that serve the needs of our community's most vulnerable residents are in jeopardy. God has blessed The Salvation Army through the generosity of the community, and we are praying that our supporters will respond so we can serve our most needy neighbors."

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The Salvation Army Western Divisional Commander Gives Christmas Message

Divisional Commander Major Greg Thompson shares a message of providing home and hope this Christmas season.

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Adopt A Family Radiothon Expected to Help More than 2,000 Families

Through the continued partnership of The Salvation Army and Star 104.5, hundreds of families in the metro will have an opportunity to be “adopted” for the holidays during the annual Adopt A Family Radiothon on Thursday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 1.

The Adopt A Family Radiothon will be broadcast live from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday from the Westroads Mall Center Court. Those interested in adopting a family may call the Adopt A Family hotline, 402-898-6050, during the broadcast.

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Omaha Metro Salvation Army and Borsheims Partner in Red Kettle Campaign

City-wide bell ringing for The Salvation Army began on Nov. 10 at more than 130 locations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area. Bell ringing continues through Dec. 23, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to fill these shifts.

Volunteer bell ringers can sign up online at or by calling 402-898-6000.

Those who register to ring and fulfill their two-hour shift are eligible to be entered in the Borsheims Big Ring promotion to win a diamond ring. Individuals must be at least 16 years old at the time of entry. Each shift fulfilled will result in one entry. To complete your entry, volunteers need to fill out a short form and place it in the red kettle during their shift. Find the form and more information here.
The Borsheims Big Ring drawing will be held on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Borsheims, 120 Regency Pkwy.

Donations raised through the red kettles benefits The Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign, a fundraising initiative that supports social service programs in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

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Bellevue Big Red Kettle Reception to Benefit The Salvation Army